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TUESDAY, JUNE 5, 2012

Wild Card/Tuesday -- 6.5.12 16 

Coeur d'Alene Held Hostage, Day 61: I asked County Clerk Cliff Hayes via email Monday whether he was going to allow observers to watch the signature verification process that should begin next Monday. He said he wasn't going to allow that because the verification would…

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Parting Shot -- 6.5.12 

Farmer Susan Selle, right, helps first-grader Mason Shore plant a pumpkin at the Community Roots CSA garden Tuesday. The project, according to Community Roots director Kara Carleton, is to teach kids where their food comes from. The kids will return in October to harvest their…

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Huckleberries Has Learned ... 22 

... That no charges will be filed against Julie Chadderdon re: alleged forgery involving that Kootenai County GOP Central Committee 31-30 vote seeking to disinvite Lincoln Day speaker Richard Mack. Remember? After the vote, then county chairwoman Tina Jacobson, pictured, and other executive committee leaders…

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PM Scanner Traffic -- 6.5.12

5:21 p.m. A panhandler w/a sign is distracting motorists @ Exxon, Govt Way & Appleway/CdA. 5:28 p.m. R/P in 6400 block of Century/PF reports scammer offering daughter modeling chance. 5:08 p.m. CPD officer reports he has a DUI driver in custody & is headed to…

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PM Headlines -- 6.5.12

Katee Nauert, 25, and her fiancee, Alejandro Ventura, 32, along with their dog, Pedro, 2, run part of their 3-mile trek through the Duncan Gardens in Manito Park on Monday. The garden was named after John Duncan, who was the City Parks Superintendent. He retired…

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Court Upholds Leavitt Death Warrant

The Idaho Supreme Court has upheld a death warrant for Richard Leavitt, who is scheduled to be executed June 12 for the 1984 murder of Danette Elg. In a 10-page opinion issued this afternoon, the justices both affirmed the death warrant, and affirmed a district…

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Minnick Blazes His Own Trail 

Walt Minnick has always blazed his own trail in Washington, and his new lobbying career is no exception. The Blue Dog Democrat was briefly endorsed by the Tea Party, once served in (and resigned from) the Nixon administration and, as a freshman congressman, bucked his…

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McHugh: He Thought He Was Truthful 41 

No charges will be filed against a petitioner who was surreptitiously recorded making inaccurate statements while attempting to collect a signature on a petition to put a referendum to recall four Coeur d’Alene elected officials before voters. The recording, made April 29 on Tubbs Hill,…

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Clinical Cop Found In Lincoln Killing

This undated photo provided by the Library of Congress shows Dr. Charles A. Leale, who was the first doctor to treat President Abraham Lincoln after he was shot at a Washington theater on the night of April 14, 1865. Now, 147 years later, a researcher…

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Media Lose Execution Ruling, But ... 

Update: News media appeals Lodge's decision re: execution access U.S. District Judge Edward Lodge has issued his ruling in the Idaho news media's bid for a preliminary injunction regarding limits on witness access to the state's execution procedures, finding that while the news media has…

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Man Guilty Of Intimidating Bicyclists 17 

A 64-year-old Post Falls man on Monday pleaded guilty to misdemeanor reckless driving for using his pickup truck to intimidate two cyclists on a rural roadway in Kootenai County in September 2011. Larry G. Jones now loses his driving privileges for the next 30 days.…

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Semanko ♥s Luna's Risky Reforms 

As Wisconsin voters go to the polls today to decide the future of Gov. Scott Walker, Norm Semanko predicts Idaho will be "the next battleground." The state GOP chairman says Idaho will be the scene of a battle over state superintendent Tom Luna's Students Come…

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Lynne: Truant But Not Caught 

Scanner Traffic: 11:06 a.m. CPD officer is en route to Woodland Middle School with delinquent juvenile in tow. Lynne: Made me chuckle. Do they still have truant officers? Was terrified of them when I was a kid. Never was an early riser, missed the school…

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Noon: 4th Of July Fireworks Tab: $60K

The goal is $60,000. That's how much it costs the Coeur d'Alene Chamber of Commerce to put on a day's worth of festivities during the annual Fourth of July celebration, according to Diane Higdem, events coordinator. So while people may be used to seeing half…

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Rain, Rain Is Here To Stay 

Look up "driving rain" in the dictionary, and you might find a photo of this coffee hut on Highway 57 at Priest Lake area that was caught in the deluge Monday afternoon. Pecky Cox/As The Lake Churns tells "I was going there for hot coffee…

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AM Scanner Traffic -- 6.5.12 

12:05 p.m. Diana @ Post Falls post office reports theft from mailboxes @ Main & Seeley. 11:54 a.m. Hayden WalMart on Honeysuckle reports catching a shoplifter. 11:49 a.m. Justin of Professional Skin Care @ Reed & Buckles/Hayden reports male walking around business lot, refusing to…

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AM Headlines -- 6.5.12 

The crash scene of a heavy air tanker is seen from the air Monday near Hamblin Valley Utah. The P2v Heavy air tanker crashed Sunday afternoon as it dropped retardant on a 5,000-acre wildfire, killing pilots Todd Neal Tompkins and Ronnie Edwin Chambless, both of…

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Poll: Thumbs Up To Downtown Art

Monday Poll: Rick Davis' "Ganesha" sculpture and its replacement, Jason Sanchez's "Art & Soul," received thumbs up from Hucks Nation. 85 of 136 respondents to the Monday poll liked one of the pieces of downtown Coeur d'Alene public art or the other -- or both.…

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McHugh Investigates Recall Complaint 21 

The Kootenai County Prosecutor’s Office said Monday it will investigate the complaint filed last week by recall opponents, Stop The Recall. Kootenai County Prosecutor Barry McHugh said the office will look into the complaint largely based on the volume of allegations in it. “I’ll likely…

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And In The Hard Right Corner ...

State Rep. Bob Nonini, R-Coeur d'Alene, and GOP nominee Ron Mendive work the Post Falls Days Parade route. Both were candidates supported by the hard right United Conservatives of North Idaho. Running unopposed Nonini advanced to a general election contest for the state Senate seat…

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Staving Off Shingles 

When it comes to shingles, other people’s horror stories are sometimes the best preventive medicine. Sufferers – most often people 50 and older – use terms like “excruciating” and “debilitating” and “fire” to describe the blistery skin rash. Some go blind, the rash having invaded…

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New AIDS Group Web Site Pays Off 

Stacie Lechot just discovered the web is the new Yellow Pages. About a week after getting a new, improved website for the nonprofit group, North Idaho AIDS Coalition, a caller found her online and left a message saying he wanted to donate $5,000. “It wouldn’t…

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Job Hunt Frustrates Older Workers 

Lynn McDonald has 15 years of experience in the hospitality business. She ran a bed-and-breakfast and restaurant in France in the mid-1990s. She owned a B&B in Hailey for six years, until it succumbed to the recession. But when McDonald — who is 68 but…

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City Clerk Announces Resignation 13 

Long-time Coeur d'Alene City Clerk Susan Weathers has announced that she will retire next Jan. 3. Weathers will tender her resignation tonight to the Coeur d'Alene City Council. Renata McLeod is expected to fill the vacancy created by Weathers' retirement. In an email to HucksOnline,…

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Huckleberries Online

D.F. Oliveria started Huckleberries Online on Feb. 16, 2004. Oliveria's Sunday print Huckleberries is a past winner of the national Herb Caen Memorial Column contest.